Name: Joshua T. Damberg
Phone Number: (952) 925-4147
Legal Assistant: Kimberly Revai
Focus Areas: Elder law, estate planning, estate administration, long term care planning,
guardianship and conservatorship.
Education: JD – University of St. Thomas; BA – Political Science, Leadership – University of
Those who know me well say that I’m:
- Extraverted – I like getting to know people and I value the opportunity to build meaningful relationships. I’m at my best when interacting and connecting with others.
- Listener – I believe allowing someone to tell their story in their own words is both therapeutic and insightful. Asking the right questions and seeking to understand is the first step toward finding the right solution.
- Calm – I am poised under pressure. In tough situations I can step back and focus on what matters. I am good at diffusing stress and tension and guide people toward a positive outcome.
I chose to become an attorney because I want to be able to help guide, educate and empower people using my knowledge of the law. Growing up, I was close to my grandfather, who was a farmer. Over the years he found himself in situations involving property disputes and health-related legal situations which required him to hire attorneys. Unfortunately, he had a negative experience with lawyers in general, and didn’t have a good opinion of them. When he found out I was planning on going to law school, he told me “Remember, you’re going to law school to become a lawyer, not a liar.” My grandfather passed away before I graduated from law school, but I never forgot his words. These days I’m proud to say that integrity, trust and
honesty are part of my core values.
I believe that relationships are crucial in life. Connecting with others, having strong family ties and close knit friends are what makes life worthwhile. I try to live by the ancient African term “Ubuntu” – which means “I am what I am because of who we all are.” We are not separate – we depend on, and need each other.
I can find the silver lining in almost any situation. As an eternal optimist, I tend to approach most situations with a bit of humor.
My greatest accomplishment was remaining steadfast in my commitment to being a brother, son, grandson and friend while going to law school, and later on, while studying for the bar exam. I’d always heard that law school required that students put relationships on the back burner in order to be successful, and that didn’t work for me. I remained close with my loved ones in spite of the all-consuming nature of legal education. My personal relationships remain something that I cling to amidst the challenges of the legal profession. I’m making a difference by connecting with the elder clients of the firm, and helping keep their memories and traditions alive. I have a lot of respect for the older generation; their stories, experiences and lessons can teach us volumes.
Quote me: Luck only comes to those who are prepared.
My next challenge is to learn as much as I can about practicing law and helping as many people as I can using my growing knowledge and experience.
On my bookshelf: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.
Seven words that describe me: Intentional, assertive, curious, dedicated, positive, mentor, Minnesotan
One thing most people don’t know about me: When I was a kid, I won an essay contest sponsored by a local restaurant called Davanni’s. My essay was about family traditions, and how my father would take me to Davanni’s before Gopher hockey games. As a result of winning, I was featured on billboards around the Twin Cities, as well as on television and the radio. Now a Gopher season ticket holder myself, I continue the tradition with my family and friends.
When I’m not working, I love to play and coach hockey, read, and watch “classic” movies (The Breakfast Club, Footloose, and Grease are a few of my favorites). I currently coach youth hockey for my hometown, the Delano Tigers, and periodically skate for my Alma mater, the University of St. Thomas School of Law Fightin’ Apostles. I also enjoy giving back to the community by volunteering for “Wills for Heroes,” which provides estate planning for emergency responders, and the United Heroes League, which organizes hockey drives for active-military, veterans and their families. When there isn’t ice on the lakes, you can find me rollerblading or paddling the Chain of Lakes area in Minneapolis. If I’m not in the Twin Cities, I’ll be in “up north” at the family cabin in Ely, Minnesota.